QuiltCon Block Challenge: Graphic Squares, Rectangles & Boxes

This is part of a series of posts about the QuiltCon Block Challenge. From August 27 – September 22, I’ll be posting photos of blocks received for the challenge. On September 24, I’ll start announcing which 20 blocks will be used in the quilt. You can see more photos of challenge blocks in the Block Challenge Flickr Group.  

Today we have an eclectic mix of squares, rectangles, and boxes.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Block A = Bobbi Brekke of the Austin MQG

Block B = Tamara Howard

Block C = Carolyn S. Vagts

Block D = Holly Broadland of the Vancouver MQG

Block E = Alicia Weiss

Block F = JoAnn Lee of the Vancouver MQG

Block G = Jan Myers

Block H = Eom Jae Young of the Los Angeles MQG 

There are lots of different block styles here, but I love how they’re all bold and graphic.

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

First Row (left to right):

  • Charlene M. Lane of the Beaufort, SC, MQG
  • Barbara Bruce of the Kansas City MQG – This block is called Changing Tradition 1 Block at a Time
  • Melody Baker of the Kansas City MQG

Second Row (left to right):

Third Row (left to right):

Lots of floating boxes in this last group!

Here’s a breakdown of who made what.

Block A = Katie Ringo of the Tampa MQG

Block B = Mona Randall of the Pittsburgh MQG

Block C = Teri Emerson of the Triad MQG – This block was inspired by a mosaic on the wall of the Austin Convention Center.

Block D = Jackie Ladue of the Orlando MQG

Block E = Ginny Cooper – This block is called Modern Quilting With a Wild Streak.

Block F = Laura Hayward of the East Texas MQG

Block G = Jenny Hibberd of the Scotts Valley/Santa Cruz MQG

Block H = Jodi Peterman of the Orlando MQG


As a way of giving something back to QuiltCon’s host city of Austin, Texas, we’re going to use the blocks that aren’t selected for this quilt to make quilts for each of the 46 beds at the Austin Children’s Shelter. This will be MQG’s first large-scale charity project and we look forward to both using the many beautiful blocks we received for the challenge and getting as many guilds as possible involved in the process! Participating guilds will receive a package of 7 or more blocks (much like the groups of blocks being shown in these blog posts) to expand into a 68″ X 88″ Twin bed quilt. This can be accomplished by adding blocks, adding negative space, or some combination of the two. The quilts will need to be machine quilted, bound, washed, and shipped to Austin in advance of QuiltCon. MQG will also be interested in hearing about each guild’s process and will feature the completed quilts in a series of blog posts in Spring 2013.

If your guild is interested in this project, please e-mail info@quiltcon.com to let us know.


Note: It’s important for us to give proper credit to designers. If you used a pattern or tutorial to make your challenge block, but didn’t mention it on the application form, please use the comments below to tell us more about your inspiration. Thank you!

8 thoughts on “QuiltCon Block Challenge: Graphic Squares, Rectangles & Boxes

  1. Thank you for adding my block to your selection. I am honored. Only thing is the link is incorrect.
    Carolyn S. Vagts.

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